Charles & Jonathan
Ops Management

Charles

How would you describe your induction experience?

The 3-day induction offered the first opportunity to build important connections with my fellow graduates, listen to influential directors of the company give key advice for our career path and a fantastic insight into the environment Compass operate within as the event was hosted in one of their prestigious events. The induction program helped to answer any concerns and create the foundation for an exciting future.

What do you do on a daily basis?

Every day is an opportunity to discover, learn and perform an exciting role within the O2 Arena with an attendance of up to 20,000 guests. My learning is structured to work closely with each department to gain an understanding of the overall preparation and showcase of events. The different styles of hospitality I am exposed to daily along with the endless variety of events is invaluable.

What is the best thing about your job?

I am very fortunate to be working at the O2 Arena, one of many Levy UK's exciting entertainment/sporting venues. The variety, experiences and responsibilities I have already gained within my role have been amazing. I feel proud to be involved in a venue which helps cater events such as The ATP World Tour and The Brits. Equally so I value the opportunity to work closely and gain advice from experienced team members who have a wealth of knowledge surrounding the hospitality industry.

How would you describe the culture of the organisation?

Everyone you meet has a smile on their face and a positive outlook about their role and Compass. When you speak to people I am always amazed about their wealth of knowledge and experience surrounding hospitality and how readily their support is available if you need it. An environment which offers the chance to learn, grow and seek opportunity.

In what ways has joining the Graduate Programme benefited your career development?

The graduate programme has opened doors to discover and explore the world of hospitality. I feel proud to be a graduate and to take advantage of the many fantastic opportunities available both in terms of the varied environments I can work within and the learning workshops which play an integral part in my career development.

Jonathan

What is the best thing about your job?

There are many positives about the role, I am learning a lot and finding my projects to be challenging and mentally stimulating. Furthermore I have a good relationship with the rest of the team which I believe is important within the workplace

How would you describe the culture of the organisation?

Fast paced with high demand from clients and consumers. However, there is a strong team culture within the company this enables people to support each other when there is pressure.

How does the graduate scheme work?

The scheme runs for 2 years and is split up into four 6-month rotations, across different sites and sectors. There are also quarterly workshops, these are provided to aid our progression through the graduate programme. An example of these workshops includes “Networking and self-branding, Project Management and Presentation Advantage Workshop”.

In your opinion what sets Compass Group UK & Ireland apart from the competition as a top graduate employer?

The size of the company and the reputation it has with the FM industry is a real benefit. The company operates in so many different sectors there are many opportunities to learn about the different style of operations, from healthcare, defence and private hospitality.

What advice would you give someone applying for a role with your company?

Be passionate about the food industry, do your research on the company and understand the organisations vision and mission statements.